Moist Cinnamon Apple Muffins with a sweet cinnamon crumb streusel topping that are ready in 30 minutes or less. The perfect fall breakfast, snack or treat.
With fall upon us, these easy pancake mix cinnamon apple muffins are a delicious go-to breakfast in our home.
Conveniently using pancake mix rather than the 4 to 5 different ingredients you’d have to measure, these muffins come together quickly and can be in the oven in no time flat.
Apples add delicious flavor and texture… plus, I always feel a little better about eating a muffin for breakfast when it has fresh fruit in it. Don’t you? 😉
These muffins come out of the oven so tender and sweet. You will either what to eat them all yourself or share with a neighbor… or both because you have more self-discipline then I do. Haha.
Here’s a little video to show you how simple they are to make. So worth the 30 minutes it takes to make them!!!
Below, I will share with you how I make these scrumptious cinnamon apple streusel muffins.
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If you’d like to go straight to the full printable recipe, you can click HERE or just scroll to the bottom of this post.
HOW TO MAKE CINNAMON APPLE MUFFINS:
STEP 1: Streusel Topping
Start by mixing up the crumb streusel topping.
Add the ingredients in a bowl and blend them together until the butter is in small pea-size chunks.
Don’t over mix it. Once blended set aside until the muffins are ready to be topped.
STEP 2: Apples and Cinnamon Mixture
Next, mix the cinnamon and apples together.
Add the cinnamon, sugar, and a bit of flour to the chopped apples. The flour will help absorb any extra liquid and help the apple pieces stick in place while baking.
PRO TIP #1: You can lessen the amount of sugar needed by using a sweeter apple, like galas. I also set this mixture aside until I’m ready to add it to the main muffin batter.
STEP 3: MUFFIN BATTER
For the muffin batter, add the pancake mix, eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla.
I use my most favorite homemade pancake mix or Krusteaz brand (if I go with store-bought).
Mix the ingredients until they are blended but still clumpy.
At this point, fold in the cinnamon apples only until mixed.
STEP 4: ASSEMBLE IN TIN
Make these muffins in a regular muffin tin lined with paper muffin cups.
Fill each cup about 2/3 of the way full.
PRO TIP #2: Use a D20 size scoop to portion each muffin. Using a scoop such as this one will offer uniformity and make all your muffins the same size. It takes all the guesswork out of how much to put in each cup and will help your muffins come out more evenly. Using the D20 size scoop will leave a little room for the crumb streusel topping.
Once the cups are filled, top them with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the streusel topping.
They’re ready for the oven.
STEP 5: BAKE AND ENJOY!
Pop them in the oven for about 18-20 minutes at 350°F or until a toothpick into the center comes out clean.
As they bake, the apple chunks will keep the muffins super moist and you’re home will smell like fall!
They have beautiful muffin tops (the kind we like to see 😉 ). The butter in the streusel melts and makes the topping rich and delicious.
You’re gonna love them!
These cinnamon apple muffins are a favorite of mine. I’m guessing they will become a quick favorite for you too!
If you like your muffins a little sweeter, you can crack these little babies open, spread some butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
You’ll be in cinnamon apple heaven!
HOW MUCH DO HOMEMADE MUFFINS COST?
These Cinnamon Apple Streusel Muffins are delicious but even better… they are really inexpensive and easy to make. Check it out!
I do have to add this little disclaimer about my prices I list here…
Prices for supplies may vary depending on location and store you purchase groceries from. I try to shop bulk food stores, use coupons, watch ads and shop sales (like case lot), buy supplies in bulk to save money in the long run and use homegrown produce and herbs when available. These are a great way to stay within my grocery budget without sacrificing flavor or nutrition.
Here’s what I use for these muffins and my cost:
- butter – $0.50
- flour – $0.03
- oats – $0.05
- brown sugar – $0.09
- sugar – $0.05
- salt – $0.01
- cinnamon – $0.10
- apples – $0.33
- pancake mix – $0.20
- milk – $0.07
- eggs – $0.24
That’s less than $1.70 for a DOZEN of these yummy cinnamon apple muffins.
I don’t know about you but the last time I bought muffins at the store they cost 50 cents to a dollar EACH!
This recipe makes a dozen glorious muffins for less than a fourth the cost of store-bought. Not to mention… homemade, in this case, is SOOO much better!
What’s your favorite fall recipe?
Easy Cinnamon Apple Streusel Muffins
These delicious Cinnamon Apple Crumb Streusel Muffins have a moist cinnamon apple center with a sweet, crumb-y cinnamon streusel topping, and are ready in 30 minutes or less.
Crumb Streusel Topping
- 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- dash salt
- 1 cup apples, small dice
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
Main Muffin Batter
- 2 cups pancake mix
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 eggs
Crumb Streusel Topping
- In a bowl, mix all crumb streusel topping ingredients together with a fork or pastry cutter. Mix until butter pieces are pea-sized. Set aside until ready to use.
- In another bowl, toss cinnamon apple ingredients together. Set aside until muffin batter is made.
- Blend main muffin batter ingredients together only until combined. It should be lumpy.
- Fold in cinnamon apple mixture only until blended. Do not over mix.
- Fill each muffin cup (I line my tin with paper muffin cups) to about 2/3 full. I like to use a D20 size scoop.
- Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of the streusel topping mixture on each muffin.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean.
- Eat plain or with butter and cinnamon sugar.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 352mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 5g
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OP: 9.20.17 Updated: 9.30.20
Yes you can replace the brown sugar with white. It will alter the flavor slightly but still taste great.
Can I replace the brown sugar with regular white sugar in the streusel topping?
These are AWESOME! I followed the recipe as written with the exception of adding
1/4 tsp each of ginger and clove to the apple mixture. I will definitely be baking
these again, was a major hit in this house. Thanks for sharing!
I haven’t tried it with a gluten-free pancake mix. If your mix has a 1 to 1 gluten-free to regular pancake mix I would think it would be just fine. Let me know how it goes if you try it. Thanks for stopping by.
Can these be made with gluten free pancake mix?
Thanks for the comment. We love and enjoy muffins all the time. I’ll have to give that a try!
The secret ingredient to a SUPER soft muffin that is still healthy, is Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix. Your muffins will bake up ultra light and soft, instead of a typical denser muffin you usually get when using healthier ingredients.
Thanks so much Amy! They are delicious, especially for breakfast. I hope you enjoyed them. 🙂
These look wonderful. I will be making them in the morning for breakfast Yum!
Sandra! That’s a major bummer. I’ve made these several time with now consistency issues. It may be your pancake mix… I use a homemade mix (https://kitchencents.com/fluffy-buttermilk-pancakes/) or Krusteaz brand.
Why were mine so disgusting tho ? the flavor was there and good but the consistency of the muffin batter in my mouth was like fluffy , like marshmallows ( I HATE marshmallow) did I do something wrong??
Hi Rachel! I love your name… 😉 To answer your question, I don’t think it will matter much which kind of pancake mix you use. I’ve made it with a Bisquick (just add water) mix and a pancake mix that required me to add oil, eggs, and milk to make pancakes. Both mixes have turned out about the same when used in this muffin recipe. I hope that helps and I hope you love this recipe as much as we do. Thanks for stopping by.
Does it have to be a pancake mix that you only add water or does it not matter?
Thanks, Dragana! They are so fun to make in the fall, aren’t they? <3 Thanks for stopping by!
I love apple desserts so much 🙂
Thanks, Carlee! I’m the same way and my girls love anything sweetened with cinnamon sugar. LOL Thanks for stopping by!
I loooooove apple baked goods and anything with a streusel topping. These look amazing!
Hi, Laura! I’m so sorry for that. The link is working and recipe is there. You can also find it with this link. So sorry again! I hope you try them, They are delicious! http://kitchencents.com/easy-cinnamon-apple-streusel-muffins/2/
Link to recipe doesn’t work. I’m disappointed, they look so yummy.
They look wonderful but still not able to get the link. Disappointing
Hi, Audrey! Thanks for the heads up! I just fixed the link. Recipe is there now. Thanks again!!!
The muffins look fabulous, but when I clicked on the links I got an error.